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Accident description
Last updated: 26 May 2016
Date:Saturday 4 April 1987
Time:ca. 14:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Operator:Garuda Indonesia Airways
Registration: PK-GNQ
C/n / msn: 47741/836
First flight: 1976
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 37
Total:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 45
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Medan-Polonia Airport (MES) (   Indonesia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Banda Aceh-Blang Bintang Airport (BTJ/WITT), Indonesia
Destination airport:Medan-Polonia Airport (MES/WIMM), Indonesia
On approach, the aircraft struck electrical power lines and crashed short of the runway. The aircraft broke up and the tail section separated from the main fuselage, which was immediately engulfed in fire.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Possible windshear.

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Distance from Banda Aceh-Blang Bintang Airport to Medan-Polonia Airport as the crow flies is 419 km (262 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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